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Currency Swap Getting Late Start

2/29/2012

Currency Swap, a grade I winner last year, is nominated to the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby on March 10 and the Grade II Swale at Gulfstream Park the same date, but it doesn't look like he's ready to run yet.

“I think he’s going to be a work or two short for the Swale,” trainer Terri Pompay said. “It would have been nice to have had more time to get him ready, but the time he needed on the farm has done him well.”

Currency Swap hasn’t raced since capturing the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga in his second start. A small chip was discovered in his left front ankle while preparing for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and it was surgically removed.

After rehabbing at Nick de Meric’s farm in Ocala, Currency Swap joined his trainer at Gulfstream in mid-January. Currency Swap, who's Triple Crown nomiated, has breezed five times since Jan. 28.

“He’s coming along. He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing. He’s only had one five-eighths work, and this week he’s going to have a five-eighths with company for the first time,” Pompay said. “It’s just the process of getting him fit. He’s a heavy, muscular horse. It’s not like he’s dragging his feet.”

Pompay said she hopes to get in an allowance race at Gulfstream before looking at a Kentucky Derby prep.

“The Derby is a possibility. I’ll need to get two races before then,” she said. “If he doesn’t make it, there’s always the Preakness.”

--Edited Gulfstream Park release with additional content by Dick Downey

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